Császármorzsa - Kaiserschmarrn - Emperor's Mess Recipe
Kaiser Franz Joseph's favourite sweet treat, Kaiserschmarrn (Emperor's Mess), is a traditional Austrian dish of shredded fluffy pancake served with rum-soaked raisins. However, ever the inventors, Hungarians have also taken this dessert to their hearts but with a twist. The recipe for Császármorzsa is simplified by making a crumble from the pancake batter, and it is served with dollops of delicious apricot jam instead—an easy and comforting meal, perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch.
- 8 tbsp semolina
- 3 tbsp plain flour
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- 200ml milk
- 3 eggs
- grated peel from one lemon
- Warm the milk, then add to the semolina in a bowl. Let this mixture rest for around 15 minutes.
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff.
Add the yolks to the semolina mixture together with the flour and sugar and mix thoroughly. Finally, add the beaten egg whites and the grated lemon peel and combine them into an even batter.
- Heat the butter in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the batter once the butter has melted and evenly coated the bottom of the pan.
- Fry until the bottom is golden, then use a spatula to break it up into small pieces and continue frying until the pieces are golden brown.
Serve with apricot jam and a light dusting of icing sugar.